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Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10748 posts, RR: 9
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5030 times:

Some stunning highres pictures of the first December testflights of NASA/DASA SOFIA with telescope installed and open door:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/m...edia/imagegallery/SOFIA/index.html

First scientific flights are scheduled for the last months of 2010.

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User currently offlinePellegrine From France, joined Mar 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 4473 times:

Thanks for the link NA,

Interesting pictures. I didn't know this conversion involved fuselage widening and a sliding internal door....very trick of them...

Good that they saved another classic 747SP airplane too.



oh boy!!!
User currently offline413x3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

I wonder what that open door does to aerodynamics. Very interesting thanks for the link

User currently offlineSw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6330 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

I have had the chance to see this bad boy at Dryden a few times and talk to some of the engineers. The engineering is amazing and it's a beauty to see. NASA really bought a dog of a plane (not the model but the exact a/c, it was used and abused in its life as a commercial a/c) and did some great work to make it an airborne telescope. A fun a/c
to follow!


User currently offlineSejowa From United States of America, joined May 2006, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3739 times:

Thank you NA for bringing this to our attention! Fascinating, and I echo the commentaries above.

Come to think of it, this could be straight out of a James Bond flick!  Silly


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3713 times:

Great pictures, thanks for sharing. On a bit of a sidenote I like that in picture 76 you can see an SR-71 right above the cockpit of the 747 (and an F-104, A-7, F-8).  Smile


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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12592 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

Very interesting indeed. However I found when I googled for more images of Sofia, I got a very different set:  Smile

http://images.google.com/images?q=so...ct=title&resnum=15&ved=0CFkQsAQwDg



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